Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Trip To Garryvoe

We are trying to squeeze in as much outside time as we can while the days are still sunny and warm before the Winter settles so we thought today we would take a spin to a nearby beach. Myself, Luke and Katie hopped into the car and drove to Garryvoe in East Cork where we took a walk along the beach, played in the play ground and got some ice cream. It was a bit of a blustery day down there but that didn't stop Luke, no need for a buggy today, he was following in Katie's footsteps! I love seeing these two together, Luke adores Katie and he tries to copy everything she does.
I'm hoping all that sea air will help him to sleep soundly tonight.

Here's some pictures from our day out :

Slightly windswept

He looks so small on the vast beach

Where she goes, he follows

Collecting stones

Daredevil, this was actually quite a steep slide

Three Best Friends

Hope everyone had a lovely Sunday

Friday, 12 September 2014

Luke at 15 Months

I was going to finish the updates after the first birthday but have decided to do them quarterly because well since he turned 1 he's increased those energy levels and I just don't have the bloody time for the cutesy monthly updates right now!
Anyway Luke is now 15 months, holy moses I never thought I'd have a 15 month old! These past 3 months have gone by so fast since we celebrated his first birthday and he is changing everyday.
I very much have a toddler on my hands now, his baby stage is almost gone and he is growing more independent by the second.
This kid understands everything and I know when he pretends not to as well the pup. He knows now that rubbish belongs in the bin and toddles over to put it in there, the other morning he brought me my shoes to put into my bag and at long last he holds his own bottle. He only decided to do this in recent weeks but I still help him at bedtime when he's getting sleepy.
We have lots of chatter now and a few words, mostly "Ma", "Dada", sometimes "Baby" and more recently "Shoe Shoes", this one is very cute to hear. He called out "Mammmmmmmy" the other day, I anticipate I will be hearing this in the high pitched tone for years to come. Just this morning he banged on the bathroom door while I was in there, "Ma", "Maaaaaaa" and then some baby jibberish, I'd love to know what he was tying to tell me.
Luke had his first haircut recently, a bit emotional, I'm not going to lie! I have his first curl tucked away safely for his memory box.
He is a ball of energy and loves nothing more than to be outside running around, he loves helping his Grandad in the garden and it's very cute to watch them go about their business. He's become so much more playful and interactive with us these days, the 40 minutes or so before bedtime are spent playing and messing about on the floor where he uses us as human climbing frames!
His appetite is pretty much the same, he's a still a grand grubber but some days he doesn't always feel like his meals but that's ok. He will however more than happily help you eat your food from your plate though! He loves water so we get him the kids bottles from Tesco or Aldi and he drinks about one a day.
Sleeping is still going good, although a bit disturbed lately as he has been teething but nothing major. He now has 12 teeth. He does 12 hours most nights and still has 1 1/2 - 2 hour naps a day. He's out of the sleep bag due to the hot weather and I don't see him wanting to go back into it during the Winter either.
We are on to his second pair of shoes, he's now a size 5H. He's in between sizes with his clothes at the moment, he's a 12 -18 month waist but still 9 - 12 month height.

Every day he never ceases to amaze me, he such a friendly loving little boy who comes over to you throughout the day just to give you a kiss or a hug or sit down for a small cuddle. As always he makes me the proudest Mamma :)

His Dad was not too impressed with this outfit choice, however his Grandad was only too happy to have him showing his support for the Deise :) 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Clothing For The New Season

I've made a few new purchases recently for Luke's wardrobe for this Autumn season as he has outgrown some of his clothes and it's now time to start putting away the Summer clothes. He has been living in shorts all Summer so I had to stock up on some slightly warmer bits and pieces.

Here's what we purchased:

How cute is the 'Truck' suit?! I couldn't leave this behind, it's ideal for the chill that will be creeping into the days soon. There's also the essential tracksuit pants for those lounge about days at home. These bits are from Heatons

I love dungarees! I actually picked up this dungaree set earlier in the year in the sale. The cute striped tshirt will be ideal for dressing up a pair of jeans for one of Luke's play dates. These pieces are from Tesco

Look at these adorable long sleeved t-shirts! I love the design on them and they are just perfect for Winter clothing. They were a bargain price of €2. I picked up a pair of navy blue jeans too to go with the tops. These bits are from Penneys

These items were actually a surprse buy when I popped into the shop for a few groceries. The fox jacket is so soft and has cute little ears on the hood. I had been looking for a nice pair of beige pants for Luke too when I found the ones in the picture. These items are from Lidl

There's nothing nicer than putting super cute pyjama's on Luke after his bath and how adorable are these lion and elephant pyjamas?! He even did a little roar when I showed him the lion ones!

When I saw these vests and sleep suits I just HAD to get them...they have cameras on them?! How appropriate for my little poser and his picture taking Mama?!

These and the pyjama's above are both from Tesco

And here's a picture of my little man posing in his new pj's, well what you can see of them seeing as he insisted on holding on to his bear :)

Monday, 1 September 2014

There's Something About September

I love September, it's probably my favorite month. It stems from my childhood when we used to go back to school. I used to love the anticipation of going into a new class, a new school year, getting to use all of my new pens and pencils, my perfectly neat and clean school books in my bag in order of size ready to be used. I was a neat freak about those things. It's still a story that gets told by my friends how particular I was about my pencil case and it's contents in primary school. (all of the pencils pens, ruler and rubber had to be lined up perfectly!) I used the same school bag for my last 4 years of school, you know one of those Jansport bags that were all the rage once. It had badges from Kerrang! stuck on the front and a Winnie The Pooh key ring on the zip. I had saved up my babaysitting money in 1st year to buy one myself because the Mother said they were too expensive. I proudly went into Mahers Sports in Cork city and got it just before starting 2nd year in the September. I remember excitedly getting my school uniform out and ready the week before we would go back to school, all my copies would have my name on them ready to be filled in once the school year kicked off. I would painfully mark my school journal with all of the important dates in it like birthdays, the Christmas GAA disco, the school holidays, I might even add in some school notes. Of course it was also compulsory to get everyone to sign your journal too, the more covered in people's signatures it was the better.
September signals the end of the Summer, a time for the routine to come back and the adventures of the Summer to wind down. I crave routine and loved the security of it during the school year. It was a time to knuckle back down to some hard graft with homework and all that. I love how throughout the month of September the warm weather begins to fade and by the end of the month Autumn has slipped in and it's time to start putting that jumper back on. The carefree ways of the Summer months with the sun are no longer.
In my job, working in student accommodation I still have the same kind of experience. We see the busy Summer period ending and we start to slow down. We no longer have to work weekends or longer days and once we have all of our student heads on beds we can breathe a sigh of relief that another Summer season is over and a new academic year is beginning. There's new faces to see and we are 9 to 5er's once again.
September tells me that Winter is on it's way and this is my favorite season. It tells me that there's lots of cosy night's by the fire coming, that we will have stew for dinner again to keep us warm on those cold days, that I can start to bring the scarves out maybe even buy a few more from Penneys to add to my collection, get the coats out of the cupboard and stock up on the teabags, nothing like a nice warm cuppa on a cold day.
As much as I love the Summer months with all the lovely weather, different events and activities, bbq's, late evenings with lots more daylight, bedtimes that are later than usual, leaving the back door open all evening and hearing the kids playing outside until 10pm, I also love the calmness that comes in September when everyone is back at school, the holidays are over and and there's a stillness in the evenings as the days get shorter.
For me this year September also means that I go back to a 4 day working week which gives me an extra day at home with Luke, an extra 24 hours to watch him grow, to cuddle with him on the couch, to go on adventures together, to find some puddles to splash in, some leaves to crunch on and this is what I'm really looking forward to.
There is just something about September that makes me breathe a sigh of contentment.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Me & Mine August

We just about managed a picture this month! I actually thought I had a few more than the couple I have but alas they will have to do. August has been an absolutely crazy month.
We had 2 family weddings, Luke had his first night in a hotel and only loved wearing a matching shirt and tie like Daddy. I've spent a lot of time at work so has the OH. Any time spent with my camera has been behind it and I have taken a record amount of pictures this month.
Luke has been so busy being a a toddler, he's not a baby anymore! He's grown and changed so much this month. He now has 12 teeth and has has a bit of a hard time with the back teeth coming through but nothing compared to those first 4, these seem like a breeze compared the them. He also got his first haircut this month, I will admit it was a bit emotional. He's got lovely little curls at the back but they had to be trimmed because they were beginning to get knotty. I have his first curl safely tucked away for his memory box.
Oh and August also sees the return of X Factor and I love this!
I honestly don't know where this month has gone but here's our family portrait:

This month Luke loves:

  • Running, he runs everywhere these days
  • Banging things, the wooden spoon, his hammer anything he can find
  • Chasing Nanny's cat
This month Dad loves:
  • The biggest bar of chocolate ever he got as a birthday present
  • Turning 28
  • Football matches
This month Mum loves:
  • The X Factor starting again
  • Buying Ugg boots in preparation for the in coming Winter
  • Getting a lead for the dog that I can actually control him on and walk him

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Christmas?? It's Too God Damn Early

So there I was yesterday, happily driving to work listening to the radio, Red FM in fact and all of a sudden I hear the word Christmas, yes that's right bloody Christmas! My first Christmas advert of 2014.
Now don't get me wrong I am a huge Christmas fan, my favourite time of the year even more so now that Luke is here. I'm excited for him, for us as a family to celebrate this holiday, to keep old traditions alive and to create some new ones. I look forward to the Christmas artwork that Luke will bring home during his school days and him being able to write his first Santa letter himself. I simply cannot wait but as much as I look forward to the festive season I draw the line at Christmas adverts in August....August for crying out loud!
I feel like every year the promotions, adverts, Christmas food/sweets is all beginning to happen that little bit earlier. Where's the fun in that eh?!

I know how about let's get Halloween out of the way, lets enjoy that, the dressing up and the trick treaters and the demolishing of sweets into the late hours on halloween night. Let November begin and the Winter set in and then start with the Christmas build up. Let's not have so much hype for so long before the actual festivity that come December we are either deflated or bored of Christmas before we've even had a chance to celebrate it!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Herb and Cheese Scones

I've been experiencing high blood pressure since Luke was born last year, well it actually started at 38 weeks pregnant and it hasn't returned to normal yet, in fact it's quite high. I'll have to wear a 24 hour blood pressure monitor next week to get a better handle on it. However in the meantime I'm trying to make some changes to help it as well like less stress (easier said than done!), more physical activity (thanks to our new family member, Murphy the dog this is going well) and changing my diet. I've switched to low fat / skimmed products and really have to watch my salt in take, I have a ridiculous craving for salt, its scary. This seems to be my doctors main cause for concern. It just so happens that my mum has a cook book for everything including recipes that are high blood pressure friendly. So I've been experimenting and wanted to share the recipes here in case there is anyone else who may find them helpful :)


9oz Self Raising Flour
1/4 tsp Bread Soda
1 1/2 oz Butter
1 tblsp Snipped Fresh Chives (Or dried chives if you don't have fresh)
1/4 tsp Rosemary (or whatever herbs you prefer)
2oz Cheese, cheddar, mozzarella whichever you fancy but reduced fat
175ml Buttermilk
1 Egg White, lightly beaten


  • Pre heat oven the 230 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with parchment paper or lightly coat with cooking spray
  • Mix together the flour, herbs and bread soda in a large bowl
  • Rub the butter in until mixture looks like coarse bread crumbs
  • Stir in half of the cheese (I did a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella)
  • Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the buttermilk
  • Mix with a fork until a soft sticky dough forms. I found I had to add a bit more buttermilk here 
  • Drop heaping teaspoons of the dough on to the baking tray, or grab a small handful and put it on the tray like I did. You get about 15 scones out of this. I did them a bit small so made the next batch bigger and got 7 scones out of the mixture.
  • Brush them with egg white and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for approx 12 minutes or until golden 

These are lovely just out of the oven with some unsalted butter or served cooled down with a slice of ham.